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In episode 38 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank whimsically muses about ACLs and ACL, the people painting the parking spaces all around him, Austin traffic, and literary fiction techniques galore! The literary fiction discussion includes information on awkward word usage, the importance of details and knowing how specific to get with them, South American literature, and problems with plotting. Also, “Two Gentle People” by former Nazi spy Graham Greene is discussed. Greene’s story is Hemingwayesque in its ability to capture a slice of life, albeit one without an adventurous plot of any kind. Theme and message (as always) are discussed. Briefly mentioned is the movie “Identity,” starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and some other people.

Saturday Show Podcast is the only podcast that comes at you from inside a vehicle, namely, the jet black jet stream Jetta.

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From Wikipedia:

Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH, (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991) was an English writer, playwright and literary critic. His works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world. Greene was noted for his ability to combine serious literary acclaim with widespread popularity.

Although Greene objected strongly to being described as a Roman Catholic novelist rather than as a novelist who happened to be Catholic, Catholic religious themes are at the root of much of his writing, especially the four major Catholic novels: Brighton Rock, The Power and the Glory, The Heart of the Matter, and The End of the Affair. Several works such as The Confidential Agent, The Third Man, The Quiet American, Our Man in Havana, and The Human Factor also show an avid interest in the workings of international politics and espionage.

Greene suffered from bipolar disorder, which had a profound effect on his writing and personal life. In a letter to his wife Vivien, he told her that he had “a character profoundly antagonistic to ordinary domestic life”, and that “unfortunately, the disease is also one’s material”. William Golding described Greene as “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety.” Greene never received the Nobel Prize in Literature, though he finished runner-up to Ivo Andrić in 1961.

Show notes and relevant linkages:

The REAL Writers Group on
Graham Greene
The Jetta
Amanda Peet
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Independent Media

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  1. SherryThompson 10 October 2013 at 16:47

    I like the idea of following your heart and pursuing your true passions as opposed to acting in a way that everyone else expects of you. It’s easy to get pulled in and under by expectations. I’m guessing if more people had the courage to follow their heart’s desire, life would probably get far more interesting. Thanks for the podcast and keep it coming.  I enjoyed it-especially the many dialects you used in your delivery. I am jealous that I wasn’t in Austin for ACL, though I don’t envy having to deal with the added the traffic during that time.

  2. FrankMarcopolos Hi Frank, you’re welcome 🙂

  3. socalag03 I hadn’t seen that particular blog post, but I did know about the silly Gordon Lish stunt, of course. There are some people who have thought over the years that Salinger is actually a bunch of people using pseudonyms–Thomas Pynchon, for one. 
    Your points on Greene are well taken.

  4. FrankMarcopolos 8 October 2013 at 08:51

    KathyLynnHarris Thanks for the RT, Kathy! Very much appreciated.

  5. FoolishReporter 7 October 2013 at 19:35

    FrankMarcopolos anytime!

  6. FrankMarcopolos 7 October 2013 at 19:25

    TheNLVampire Thanks for the RT, Charles!

  7. FrankMarcopolos 7 October 2013 at 19:24

    FoolishReporter Thanks for the RT, Greg!

  8. I bet you know Greene’s work and didn’t know
    it. He’s wrote the screenplay for “The Third Man” as well as
    several books involving espionage. I think he was capable of
    delivering a thriller of a short story if he wanted. And, as you
    suggested, just because he wrote this story doesn’t make it “good.”
    I don’t think passivity is a theme
    here. But I think it’s something close to it: reluctant acceptance,
    which I think is deep enough to warrant a short story. I’m not sure
    if you’ve listened to “Wire Tap.” It’s a CBC radio program that
    is part serious/part comedy. Here’s a link to an episode about aging
    gracefully. I remember one comment on the program was something to
    the effect that: when you get to a certain age, you realize you can
    no longer reinvent yourself.
    The Greene story alludes to neither
    person wanting to move forward with a relationship because of where
    they are in their lives at that point. They, perhaps, realized that
    they could not “reinvent” themselves as lovers; that time was
    gone. I didn’t think it was so much social commentary. There’s a
    difference between not having an affair because it’s “wrong” or
    doesn’t “fit in with norms” and not having an affair because you
    feel that aspect of your life is simply “gone.” And given the
    material I read on wikipedia about Greene’s life, I don’t think he
    would be considered conventional in any sense. That is to say, I don’t think he would be a moralist.

    Now for something completely
    Did you see this:

  9. socalag03 Well, I’m not that familiar with Greene’s other work, so I can’t really comment on that. But if you say that this story didn’t have a message at all, and there’s really no deep thematic element (except for the very shallow themes of ennui and passivity, maybe), then the story completely fails. Because there’s no real plot, no message, and no deep theme. So then we just have a boring story that goes nowhere and does nothing. And it’s possible that the story IS a failure–after all, just because a writer is famous that doesn’t mean he/she is infallible.
    So, I kind of like the idea that the story DOES have a message — just because that gives it some kind of a purpose, at least. (And I also happen to LIKE the message of “Fuck expectations. Fuck the social order. Fuck what you’re “supposed” to do… Follow your heart, your passions, your dreams.” So, I realize that my belief system makes me look for things to confirm its validity such as this story having a message and that that is the message, specifically.)

  10. FrankMarcopolos 6 October 2013 at 14:45

    christinenolfi Ha. That makes me happy to know that. 🙂

  11. christinenolfi 6 October 2013 at 14:43

    FrankMarcopolos It’s true. You consistently make me laugh.

  12. FrankMarcopolos 6 October 2013 at 14:23

    christinenolfi I do, don’t I? I can rock a tweet like nobody’s business! haha

  13. christinenolfi 6 October 2013 at 13:43

    FrankMarcopolos …and you write delightfully amusing tweets. Arissah

  14. I didn’t think Greene was inserting a message into the story. And if he was doing such a thing, I don’t think it was as obvious as Barry Lopez’s “The Mappist.” I actually listened to the story read by a Scottish woman. Maybe I walked away with a different feeling. I agree that there wasn’t an exciting plot. Given the author’s other work, he must have purposefully chosen to keep this toned down, right?

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